Looking for a fun project to add a little color to a room? Junk Gypsy™ Paint offers the answer, using our American-made chalk and clay paint and glass jars! Glass jars are inexpensive and a great way to get an abundant array of color for a great table top display. If you’re looking to personalize centerpieces for your next event, provide a charming and economical small gift, or just want to flex your style muscle, with the help of solvent free, zero VOC Junk Gypsy™ Paint, painted mason jars can be just the right thing to get your craft on!
To get started, most supplies needed are already found in your painting tool box. Grab your jars, sample sizes of Junk Gypsy™ Paint, Junk Gypsy™ Clear Coat (optional), a brush (natural bristle works best but you can use also use a foam brush), high grit sanding block (a nicely worn one works best), and a clean towel for buffing.
Begin with a clean jar. If you aren’t starting with brand new glass containers, run them through a cycle in the dishwasher to get them squeaky clean. Make sure your jars are free from any adhesive residue left by old labels. This can easily be dissolved using an adhesive remover such as Goo-Gone, and following up with rubbing alcohol to remove any greasy residue.
Apply paint with the brush of your choice. Your paint brush may leave brush strokes on the slick glass surface, so apply in a few even coats. Allow to dry thoroughly between coats so the paint has time to set.
A foam brush can be used, but a bristle brush will lay the paint out a little nicer. When using foam, just make sure you aren’t rubbing too hard and smearing the paint rather than laying it on.
Junk Gypsy™ Paint covers very well, so if you are painting many jars, you may be able to complete your project quickly with only one coat coverage. This photo shows the jar with one coat painted and dried. If desired, paint a second coat for an even more opaque finish. Also note the difference with painting the entire jar, or leaving the top rim see through. Painting glass jars is a great way to get solid color coverage to hide stems or dirt for plantings placed within.
After paint has had an adequate amount of time to dry, lightly distress your jar using the worn sanding block (or sandpaper). You don’t want too much paint to come off, so a high grit sandpaper is best for this process. Distressing will highlight all the raised areas on your jar, so choose those glass pieces that have some interesting detail vs. ones that are completely smooth.
After sanding, simply buff your jar using a clean towel. The paint will offer a nice matte shine when buffed.
If your project will be seeing a lot of use, especially near water, seal the paint using Junk Gypsy™ Clear Coat. This should be applied with a foam brush or rag, by simply using a single swiping motion. The product goes on milky, yet dries clear, so do not overwork it.
This project is super fun and quick and your jars will be done in no time and ready for some decorating or planting!
Multiple colors create a fun display and are a great way to decorate an area on a slim budget, plus the varied color in the succulents add so much.
Use a variety of jar sizes for interest. Because these succulents are planted in soil, aquarium rock was used to finish off the top and keep the soil packed in tight.
Aren’t they adorable?
Junk Gypsy™ Paint is available in 18 road-tested colors, perfect for your next furniture painting or craft project. Find a retailer near you here.
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